Monday, May 5, 2014

The Leg is a Graphic Novel with a Kick


If comics have taught us anything, it's that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages and species. You could be a mild-mannered news reporter, an orphaned billionaire or a awkward high school student. Any and all comers can be a hero, so it stands to reason that even something like the disembodied, sentient leg of Mexican President Santa Anna. That tale is told courtesy of writer Van Jensen and illustrator Jose Pimienta.

The 180-page, full-color graphic novel takes place in 1938 Mexico, a century after Santa Anna lost his left leg in battle against French invaders. Now, mysteriously, the Leg has returned, and it discovers a new threat against its beloved country. As the Leg ventures across Mexico, it will encounter the strangest elements of Mexican folklore and history, and it will come face to face with its own turbulent legacy. A pastiche of Robert Rodriguez’ Mexico trilogy and the surrealist paintings of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, The Leg is an intensely original spin on the Spaghetti Western genre.

The Leg will be self-published, using Kickstarter. The campaign will launch on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that marks Mexico’s military triumph over France.

Full press release below.
THE LEG: A Graphic Novel With a Kick

Comic books have long been home to oddball protagonists, but none has ever been stranger than this one! THE LEG is a new graphic novel starring the disembodied, sentient leg of Mexican President Santa Anna. (Yes, you read that right.)

THE LEG: Or, the Remarkable Return of the Disembodied Limb of Santa Anna was created by writer Van Jensen (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer; Green Lantern Corps; and The Flash) and acclaimed artist Jose Pimienta (A Friendly Game). The 180-page, full-color graphic novel takes place in 1938 Mexico, a century after Santa Anna lost his left leg in battle against French invaders. Now, mysteriously, the Leg has returned, and it discovers a new threat against its beloved country. As the Leg ventures across Mexico, it will encounter the strangest elements of Mexican folklore and history, and it will come face to face with its own turbulent legacy. A pastiche of Robert Rodriguez’ Mexico trilogy and the surrealist paintings of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, THE LEG is an intensely original spin on the Spaghetti Western genre.

THE LEG will be self-published, using the Kickstarter crowd-sourcing platform to raise funds for printing and distributing the book. The campaign will launch on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that marks Mexico’s military triumph over France. Van and Jose are available for interviews, and a PDF galley is available for review.

KICKSTARTER: http://goo.gl/BOhWLJ

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